With Google I/O quickly approaching on June 24 there's bound to be some juicy leaks leading up to the event. An image of what is reportedly the Nexus 8 and its specs have leaked.
When Google launched its first tablet at Google I/O in 2012 with the 7-inch Nexus 7, the company decided not to go head to head with Apple's 9.7-inch iPad (iPad mini was released a few months after the Nexus 7), instead it chose to battle it out in the small-sized tablet category with Android licensees like Samsung and Amazon.
Google's first-generation Nexus 7 proved to be extremely popular for a few key reasons. The device was the first tablet to ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and since it was a Nexus, it was guaranteed to always have the latest and greatest version of Android pushed OTA (over the air) whenever Google released an update. Google also got it right when it came to pricing and managed to ship a slate with high-end specs at the very sweet price of $199.
We recently reported some details on Google's Nexus 8, which is expected to be unveiled at Google I/O on June 24. Now a new report backs up some of the information we reported and also shows what is supposedly the Nexus 8.
The images show the tablet's design is being kept under wraps, as it has been placed in a protective case we've seen many times before with other unannounced Nexus smartphones and tablets.
The site's sources claim that the Nexus 8 is currently running the next version of Android 4.5, which is expected to be unveiled at Google I/O. The tablet is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which also means that Android 4.5 will be 64-bit. The slate is reportedly packing a very healthy 3 GB of RAM to ensure snappy performance in processor-intensive games, apps, and multitasking.
The most recent reports claim that Google has partnered with HTC in manufacturing the Nexus 8 and not with Asus, who has built both of Google's Nexus 7 tablet.
As a reminder, it's always best to take these kinds of reports with a huge grain of salt. Luckily, we don't have too long of a wait until June 24.